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The 50 Most Beautiful Towns to Visit in Each US State

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Coline Marcenac
Updated: 27 June 2017

Whether you’re living in the States or just travelling through, here are 50 beautiful small towns – one in each state – which you really shouldn’t miss.

Alabama

Fairhope

Absolutely charming, Fairhope is labelled ‘the jewel of the Eastern Shore’ for a reason…

Fairhope, AL, USA

Alaska

Sitka

It may not be the easiest town to get to (only accessible by air or sea), but it sure is worth the effort!

Sitka, AK, USA

Arizona

Prescott

Full of historic landmarks and home to The Phippen Museum, Prescott is perfect for any culture lover.

Prescott, AZ, USA

Arkansas

Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs has been named one of AmericanStyle magazine’s Top 25 Small Cities for art four years in a row. If you love music festivals, the town is a must-visit, as it hosts events such as the annual Opera in the Ozarks.

Eureka Springs, AR, USA

California

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Easily explored by foot and home to the Carmel Bach Festival, Carmel is the ideal place to visit for a relaxing, cultured getaway.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA

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Carmel Beach in Carmel-by-the-Sea | Courtesy of CarmelCalifornia.com

Colorado

Crested Butte

From hiking to skiing and mountain biking to climbing, Crested Butte is the ultimate playground for the adventurous.

Crested Butte, CO, USA

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Connecticut

Mystic

This town is home to one of the country’s largest maritime museums, has a street full of Colonial period houses and is even famous for its Mystic Pizza restaurant!

Mystic, CT, USA

Delaware

Rehoboth Beach

With plenty of shops, restaurants and hotels right by the beach, this is the perfect town for a relaxing seaside escape.

Rehoboth Beach, DE, USA

Florida

Crystal River

The ultimate destination for kayaking, snorkelling, and even swimming with manatees! A great destination for water sports, as temperatures are high all year round.

Crystal River, FL, USA

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Georgia

Canton

Canton’s location was once the heart of the Cherokee Nation. Explore the surrounding Heritage Trails and make the most of the beautiful nature and outdoors.

Canton, GA, USA
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Hawaii

Haleiwa, Oahu

This town is known as the surfing capital of the world. The crystal clear water and local shops offer the ideal setting for any kind of traveller.

Haleiwa, HI, USA

Idaho

Idaho Falls

This town is surrounded by beautiful forestland, but the most spectacular sight is the gushing waterfalls located on Snake River, which cuts through the area.

Idaho Falls, ID, USA

Illinois

Galena

For those who prefer to sit back, relax, and enjoy stunning French colonial and Greek revival architecture, Galena is the town for you.

Galena, IL, USA

Indiana

Nashville

A must-see for any food and art lover. Craft studios, galleries and farm-to-table dining establishments are dotted all around this town, known as the ‘Art Colony of the Midwest’.

Nashville, IN, USA

Iowa

Okoboji

Enjoy water sports, the Higgins Museum, shopping, and dining at this popular summertime destination!

Okoboji, IA, USA

Kansas

Dodge City

This town, once known as ‘The Wickedest Town in the American West’ is an absolute must-see for any history lover.

Dodge City, KS, USA

Kentucky

Murray

There is no shortage of Southern hospitality in Murray, which has actually been voted the ‘Friendliest Small Town in America’ by Rand McNally and USA Today.

Murray, KY, USA

Louisiana

Natchitoches

This is one of the most popular destinations in Louisiana – maybe this has something to do with the famous Natchitoches meat pie?

Natchitoches, LA, USA

Maine

Kennebunkport

See the most amazing views of the harbour from Dock Square and Cape Porpoise!

Kennebunkport, ME, USA

Maryland

Berlin

You can’t miss the town that was voted America’s ‘Coolest Small Town’ by Budget Travel in 2014. It was used as a set location for the 1999 film Runaway Bride, and is just as quaint in real life.  

Berlin, MD, USA

Massachusetts

Edgartown

The idyllic summer destination. Take a stroll along the rows of historic whaling captains’ houses, or just relax on the beautiful beaches.

Edgartown, MA, USA

Michigan

Mackinac Island

Horse riding, kayaking, and biking are a few of the outdoor activities on offer at Mackinac Island. It is also well known for its delicious food, candy and fudge shops, perfect for a well balanced vacation!

Mackinac Island, MI, USA

Minnesota

Grand Marais

It’s close to the Sawtooth Mountains, Lake Superior, Gunflint Trail, and even has festivals all year round.

Grand Marais, MN, USA

Mississippi

Ocean Springs

Wildlife, history, culture, galleries, and quaint cafes – there’s something for everyone in Ocean Springs.

Ocean Springs, MS, USA

Missouri

Florissant

Take a break from the big city and get a dose of fresh air. Florissant has 20 city parks, adding up to almost 400 acres of parkland.

Florissant, MO, USA

Montana

Whitefish

A must-visit location, especially for those who love to ski, due to its location near the Glacier National Park.

Whitefish, MT, USA

Nebraska

Aurora

Full of local history, culture, and beautiful scenery, Aurora is often ranked as one of the best places to live in Nebraska.

Aurora, NE, USA

Nevada

Genoa

During your visit here, make sure to stop by the Genoa Bar – the oldest Saloon in Nevada.

Genoa, NV, USA

New Hampshire

Keene

During your visit, go back in time at the Horatio Colony House Museum and Nature Preserve – here you’ll find furniture and interior decor dating back to 1806.

Keene, NH, USA

New Jersey

Lambertville

Nicknamed the ‘Antiques Capital of New Jersey’, this town showcases beautiful Victorian houses, quaint antique stores, and hosts plenty of craft festivals and food fairs.

Lambertville, NJ, USA
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New Mexico

Taos

Artists such as Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keeffe have visited this beautiful town to admire its spectacular scenery.

Taos, NM, USA

New York

Saratoga Springs

Visit the town ranked one of the top 10 places to live in the New York State, known for its horse races and picturesque views.

Saratoga Springs, NY, USA
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North Carolina

New Bern 

Aside from its rich cultural background as the second town to be founded by European immigrants, New Bern is also the birth place of Pepsi Cola…

New Bern, NC, USA

North Dakota

Garrison

It may be mostly known for it’s fishing, but Garrison is also home to amazing museums and events, such as the Dickens Village Festival, which transforms the town into a Victorian parade, complete with horse-drawn carriages.

Garrison, ND, USA

Ohio

Yellow Springs

Charming, arty and colourful, Yellow Springs is a paradise for creatives and free thinkers.

Yellow Springs, OH, USA

Oklahoma

Medicine Park

Visitors to Medicine Park quickly fall for the charms of the cobblestone streets, which are considered a phenomenon in the town.

Medicine Park, OK, USA

Oregon

Hood River

Indulge in Hood River’s award-winning craft breweries, restaurants, and insanely photographic views!

Hood River, OR, USA

Pennsylvania

New Hope

A great location for antique shops, beautiful stores, wildflower preserves, and sightseeing tours.

New Hope, PA, USA
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Rhode Island

Block Island

A travel destination bound to please the whole family, Block Island offers hiking, fishing, biking, sailing, swimming, and relaxing on its beautiful beaches.

Block Island, RI, USA

South Carolina

Greenville

Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the area is forested and hilly – perfect for enjoying the beautiful landscapes.

Greenville, SC, USA

South Dakota

Custer

As the area’s oldest town, Custer is full of activities for adventure seekers and history buffs alike. Due to its surrounding landscape, you can even find free-roaming buffalo and other wildlife at the Custer State Park.

Custer, SD, USA

Tennessee

Knoxville

This campus town bustles with restaurants, galleries and festivals, amid the beautiful natural environment of the Great Valley of East Tennessee.

Knoxville, TN, USA

Texas

Port Isabel

Take part in a variety of water sports including kayaking, parasailing and boating tours. You might even catch a glimpse of dolphins if you’re lucky.

Port Isabel, TX, USA

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Utah

Springdale

The famous red rocks you’ll find here are a haven for adventure-seekers and scenery enthusiasts.

Springdale, UT, USA

Vermont

Dorset

The perfect place for a relaxing vacation. Enjoy the peaceful landscape, explore the historical scenery, swim in the quarry, and partake in the Dorset Theatre Festival.

Dorset, VT, USA
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Virginia

Abingdon

The beautiful streets lined with homes dating back to 1779 make Abingdon the ideal spot for a weekend getaway.

Abingdon, VA, USA

Washington

Prosser

This is a must-visit destination for any wine lover! Known as ‘the birthplace of the Washington wine industry’, you’ll be spoiled with lush vineyards to sample wine, and delicious food to go with it.

Prosser, WA, USA

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West Virginia

Shepherdstown

History buffs cannot miss out on visiting what is likely the oldest town in the entire state, founded all the way back in 1762.

Shepherdstown, WV, USA

Wisconsin

Fish Creek

Find some peace and quiet in a town that has less than one thousand inhabitants…

Fish Creek, Wisconsin, USA

Wyoming

Lander

Be sure to stop by the dude ranches, where they host year-round events including the Pioneer Days Rodeo, the world’s oldest paid rodeo, and the Wyoming State Winter Fair. Immerse yourself in the culture of the West!

Lander, WY, USA